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Rugby Hits, Misses

Rugby Hits, Misses
Wallaby winger Marika Koroibete(sitting) with wife Emma enjoying their holidays in his village in Naraiyawa, Namosi on December 15, 2017. Koroibete and his family are going to return to Australia tomorrow. Photo: Elenoa Vuniulu
December 31
11:00 2017



2017 will go down as another good year for rugby.

Despite the limited resources, expectations are always high for our men and women to beat the larger powers in the world of rugby.

And this year they did push our placing up the rankings like never before.

The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians 9th ranking by World Rugby is the biggest achiever for all of our national rugby teams. It was for a short time before going back to 10.

While we applaud the effort of our players, the outcome could not have been achieved without the bold, sound vision of decision makers at Rugby House.

The renewal of Fiji Airways Flying Fijians coach John McKee’s contract for another two years is a positive move by the Fiji Rugby Union.

This will enable McKee to take the team to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

McKee was appointed as head coach in 2014 and has done wonders.

He has been instrumental in Fiji’s dominance in the region as Oceania One.

FRU has made the right choice and he has brought good tidings to rugby fans.

Another positive move by FRU is initiating a campaign to host the World Sevens Series tournament in Fiji in 2020.

So let’s take a look who hits the mark and who misses the plot in 2017.


nFiji Airways Flying Fijians qualifying to the 2019 RWC and beating  tier one nation Scotland 27-22 during the June international;

nMcKee and his men scoring four consecutive international wins (Italy, Scotland, Tonga, Samoa) for the first time;

nFiji Airways Fijian Drua reaching the semifinal in its debut year of the Australian National Rugby Championship;

nHFC Bank Farebrother Challenge changing hands with Suva winning it from Nadroga and losing it to Namosi;

nRewa and Navosa promotion to the Skipper Cup competition in 2018 after playing in the Vodafone Cup finals;

nRata Kadavulevu School winning all grades in the Coke Zero Deans Trophy competitions;


nFiji Airways Fijiana failing to win a game at the Dubai 7s;

nFijian team failing to qualify for World U20 Rugby Trophy in Uruguay;

nFiji Airways Flying Fijians failing to beat Italy in the November internationals;

nFiji Airways Fijian 7s team losing to South Africa after building a good lead in the Cup quarterfinal of the Cape Town Sevens in South Africa.

2018 is another big year for rugby with the World Sevens Series, Rugby Sevens World Cup and the Commonwealth Games all for the taking.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua



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